A spectacles celebration

Specsavers has hosted its annual SWOTY awards and raised £105,000 for charity

SWOTY 2019 winner

A 30-year-old personal trainer and mind coach from Romford has been awarded Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year (SWOTY) accolade.

Shane Haron (pictured) was named as the competition’s overall winner during a during a ceremony in London on Wednesday (24 October).

During the awards, actress and Love Island winner, Danni Dyer was awarded Best Newcomer, while The Great British Bake Off’s Sandi Toksvig was recognised for her Services to Specs, and Ryan Thomas and Lucy Mecklenburgh won a Specs Style Couple accolade.

SWOTY is hosted annually in order to celebrate specs-wearing stars and glasses wearers from across the UK and Ireland. It is held in aid of anti-bullying charity Kidscape.

On winning Best Newcomer, Ms Dyer said: “I love my specs, it feels mad to be awarded for something I wear all the time. I’m really chuffed these awards raise money for Kidscape.”

This year’s Dame Mary Perkins Award was given to Pratish Bhundia, optometrist and director of Specsavers in Oakwood. Established in 2017, the accolade acknowledges professionalism and expertise and was awarded to Mr Bhundia in recognition of his team’s detection of the symptoms of a life-threatening brain tumour during a sight test with eight-year-old Kian Preist.

This year’s awards were co-hosted by Steps singer Claire Richards and presenter Rylan Clark-Neal. It raised £105,000 for Kidscape, a charity that Specsavers has supported for the last decade and raised over £600,000 for.